News from the Beach
July 28, 2014
Three cheers for KBIA!
Week 6 promises to be another busy one at KBIA. On Tuesday, our teens and tweens are invited to hit the beach for our annual G-Force Laser Tag night. On Wednesday, KBIA will host a MIRC sailing competition, and on Sunday we will lead our final Cove Walk of the season. If you’re not already involved in the events, we invite you to come show your KBIA pride and cheer on the competition. Extra, extra … get your details below!


Show & Tell in the Cove
See what you will find at our next Cove Walk
Article Image“At high tide, the cove fills with 6 to 8 feet of water for swimming, sailing, paddleboarding and kayaking.

Come low tide, however, and the cove between Lord’s Point and Great Hill Road in Kennebunk is a living touch tank of marine life and artifacts. Take a walk on the rocks and sand, and in the tidal pools, and you’ll see clams, oysters, rock crabs, hermit crabs, starfish, baby lobsters, plus an abundance of sea glass and china, along with seaweeds, sponges and living grasses. Periwinkle shells are everywhere, as are rocks large and small.”  ~ York County Coast Star, July 25 … read more!

KBIA marine biology and kayak instructor Ben Braasch will lead the final community Cove Walk from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Cost is $10 for families. Call 967-2180 to register. Visitors should wear old shoes and bring a bucket for catch-and-release collecting.

Life guard certification
KBIA is offering a life guarding certification class this weekend, and all KBIA members and employees are welcome to jump in this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2-3. The cost of the course is $300, and KBIA will pay half of the class for all employees. If you are interested in participating, please call the office at (207) 967-2180.

KBIA contributes to science world
Article ImageEver wonder about those orange-colored masses often found on rocks in the tidepools?
KBIA’s Junior Scientist class did, so children spent their week observing and recording their findings on the Orange Sheath Tunicate.
“We found 35 different colonies of Orange Sheath Tunicate in approximately 1,000 square feet. We found most of the tunicate on rocks rather than on the floor of the tidepool we were looking in. The color of the tunicate varied from bright orange to deep red.
Led by Michelle Webber, our Junior Scientists then shared their information with Vital Signs , a science-sharing project of the Gulf of Maine Research Institute Program. This report is just one of six marine species contributed by our popular class! Check it out!
Coming up: Reid Sacco Family Regatta
Sailors and spectators alike are invited to the Kennebunk Beach Improvement Association’s fifth annual Reid Sacco Family Regatta on Sunday, Aug. 10. The day will starts with a skipper meeting at 10:30 AM, followed by sailing at 11. Interested participants should register in the office to reserve a KBIA boat or bring their own boat to launch between 285 and 292 Beach Avenue. Due to the shallow nature of the cove, even at high tide, sailors should use an Opti, Laser, Taz or Chickadee watercraft. A $10 donation per sailor will benefit the Reid Sacco Foundation. The regatta honors a longtime KBIA student and instructor who died of sarcoma at age 20 in 2005. For information on the Reid Sacco Foundation, visit
Calling on your generosity
Donors will help fund scholarships for KBIA kids
And now through the end of August, friends of KBIA will match every $2 we raise with an additional $1 donation!
This is perhaps our most important mission yet because donors directly affect local children and their families who need a boost like KBIA in their lives. Scholarships are based on need and/or life-changing circumstances. By donating to our fund, you will give a child the opportunity “to be a kid,” experiencing a summer of swimming, sailing, crafting and so much more at KBIA.

Over the last five years we have built a new pool, replaced the playground, installed a new tent and made numerous structural upgrades to our facilities. Last on our list for our 100th Anniversary Capital Campaign is funding our endowment that helps support scholarships.

All donations — large, small and/or online — will help push us across our finish line.

Won’t you please “answer” our call?

This week at KBIA

TWEEN/TEEN NIGHT: G-Force Laser Tag at the beach (with Teen Night participants). 6-8 PM Tuesday. $24.
MOVIE NIGHT: “Toy Story,” Smith House, 7 to 9 PM Wednesday. $7. (for ages 4-10; Snack Shack will be open!) WEEK 6-7 MOVIE NIGHT IS NOW SOLD OUT. As of Monday morning, three spots remain for Week 8.
TEEN NIGHT: G Force Laser Tag at the beach (with Tween Night participants). 6-8 PM Tuesday. $24. Please note change of regular day.
COVE WALK: 10 AM to 12 PM Saturday. 

OPEN SAIL/KAYAK: 2 to 5 PM Saturday
Please pre-register for all events at the office so we may accurately plan for transportation and admission fees.
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